Come join the BoLS Crew as we travel to the Planet of the Apes. Which, spoiler alert, is just Earth. But it’s also at the IDW Games Booth.
BoLS fans will recognize a familiar face at the IDW Booth at Gen Con this year. Armed with the latest games, Ross Thompson hit us with a barrage of gaming goodness, starting with games that take you for a retro ride, like Centipede, born out of their partnership with Atari; and Planet of the Apes (which is a different kind of retro ride altogether).
But Centipede and Planet of the Apes are just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s start with the Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena.
Aside from being an amazing followup to the incredible Avatar the Last Airbender, the Legend of Korra is also the inspiration for an awesome looking game from IDW. You’ll step into the Pro-Bending Arena, which was featured in the first season of the series. Players will take on members of a Pro-Bending Team and try their best to claim territory or push their opponents out of the ring.
With elemental maneuvers and a whole lot of heart, your team might even claim the championship. It’s nice to see this game hit the tables–the miniatures are gorgeous, and the team has been working closely with Nickelodeon to make it all feel like the series you know and love. And speaking of Nickelodeon, we also got to hear about an upcoming team fight game based around Nickelodeon cartoons–featuring favorites like Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life, which we’ve talked about before. But apparently that’s only the first of many planned cartoon games, so it’s time to relive the glory days.
Centipede and other classic Atari Games are also going to be hitting the tabletop. We got to take a close look at the Centipede game in the video above, so you know that the players can take on the role of both centipede and gnome and populate the board with mushrooms and the game plays the way you’d hope. It’s a ton of fun, you know what the game is like–and soon you’ll be able to play Missile Command and Asteroids.
And now get your favorite Charlton Heston line ready, because it’s time to talk about the Planet of the Apes board game. This game tackles the movie in an interesting way.
Planet of the Apes puts 1-4 players on a crash course with feral foes, deadly environments, and unbridled psychological horror! The players all take control of a different part of Colonel George Taylor’s psyche, but they have to work together to survive the Planet of the Apes.
Starting with the classic film, Planet of the Apes follows the plot of the original movie and promises players a thrilling adventure in an unknown land!
Now let’s talk about Seikatsu. This game looks beautiful. Pictures don’t even really do this game justice–they have put a ton of work into making this game look as meditative and breathtaking as the box art. It’s a game of birds and flowers where players try to score and you just place down tiles and try and score. There’s a lot of complex strategy that’s buried in this simple concept, but even if the game is getting close, there’s a sort of meditative quality to it. Playing a round of this game is relaxing yet engaging–and it only takes 30 minutes or so.
There’s a ton more to be found over at IDW Games, so check them out.
I am still holding out for a Kablam! themed board game.